Behind every successful economy, there is a bunch of innovative champions who managed to harness various facets of life and use the power to exploit passive and often neglected development potentials. Such high-risk endeavors which to the unimaginable awe of the onlookers proved fertile in high turnover are remarkably the foundations and building blocks of mother earth’s civilization- initiating the quest to economic supremacy.
The concept of innovation is often discussed at international levels whilst for the best integration, I think it should be discussed from the roots of any nation’s population. This discussion will practically criticize what innovation is and what it means to any individual.
What is innovation
From a development perspective, an innovation is a new solution with the transformative ability to accelerate impact. Innovation can be fuelled by science and technology, can entail improved ways of working with new and diverse partners, or can involve new social and business models or policy, creative financing mechanisms, or path-breaking improvements in delivering essential services and products. Innovation has been and will be pivotal for reaching sustained, scalable solutions to the world’s complex problems.
Industrialize our nation!
Our economy is on its knees why can’t the government do something!”
These are some of the familiar cries and wails which by time have developed into mere clichés. The more the cries increases, the more the future becomes bleak and hope becomes almost irrelevant. Everyone is blaming anyone, with the most blame being launched squarely in the direction of the aristocracy. Well, truth be said; the problem is not with anyone but with everyone.
In one hand, the mass is expecting its government to bring jobs to their doorstep; on the other hand, the government is expecting its people to help it develop the nation, transform it and bring the golden age. While the latter sounds crazier than the former, it is the latter which is more realistic.
Throughout ages creators of technology–ideas in physical form changed the course of history in one way or the other with achievements so notable, so ground-shaking, that even within the short space of a few decades their impacts were felt. In any case, when it comes to accomplishments that truly alter the way we live day today, political figures prove to be less influential than scientists. Sometimes the most influential breakthroughs don’t require incredible advances in science and take years to be appreciated. Equipping the trailer of a truck with a large, standardized, removable box required nothing more than a stroke of imaginative brilliance. And yet the current global economy is unimaginable without it.
Brothers, Richard and Maurice McDonald’s founded the popular McDonald’s which had a shouting employment strength of 1.9 million people in 2015 [Wikipedia]. The popular Walmart is ahead of McDonald’s, boasting a 2.3 million strength as at 2015[Wikipedia]. This means that it is not the government who is supposed to eradicate the tattoos of unemployment; rather it is each individual’s duty to ensure that cessation and the answer to that are INNOVATION although the government should never be left out of this equation!
How can one be innovative
Innovation is a natural phenomenon. You just think of something new to do and without hesitation undertake it. I have prepared some principles to be followed for a successful innovation movement (although I understand that another very innovative person may come and correct by adding or subtracting something to the flesh). This list is not exhaustive and may not apply to everyone but it lays down general principles which may help someone to be on his or her feet; building his or her future.
Invest in locally driven solutions
Best ideas in life can come from anyone and anywhere. It is not the professors, doctors, ministers or chiefs who have the best opinion in everything. The belief that professors and other learned people are the most effective and knowledgeable people in certain fields is a major drawback to third world countries where those with inborn engineering qualities are so poor that they cannot afford to pay university tuitions for those programs. A historical evidence is Michael Faraday; being born in a poor family he had no money to pay for a formal school. Due to that, he got a job at a book binding factory but he started to read the science books he binds. Getting interested in science he asked a scientist called Humphrey Davy for an assistant job but the latter squarely refused. Faraday did not lose heart, working by himself the following year he invented the electric motor, generators, Bunsen burner among other sophisticated inventions.
From this, we get the qualities of an innovator. He or she is patient, focused and determined to achieve something without regards to who he or she is, where he or she is from. It does not necessarily need a lot of money to be innovative. The government, in this case, should not be like Humphrey, it should support its people, look to its people for solutions and appreciate every innovative move no matter how minute. The focus should be given to both the government and its subjects to nature innovators from within.
Take intelligent risk
Effective development does not really count on doing something in accordance with the laid down procedures from someone. Experimenting with new possibilities is the essence of progress. We all have noticed such type of innovation when someone departed from the ordinary tradition of keeping broilers and began keeping Quails. The project was a leap of faith but seemingly overnight its success left the whole Zimbabwe with mouths ajar.
The nation needs such people, people who experiment with new concepts, not those who know that owning a kombi is a high-profit business and decides to take it; causing the kombi to human ratio reach a 1:1 where the business becomes a loss and a hazard and starts to blame the traffic control. A responsible person sees that his country is lacking something and seeks to provide that thing. A responsible government is the one which supports its subject undertaking such endeavors even when it means bending the risk analysis to accommodate its subjects’ creativity. The Wright brothers flight 1903 flight was a very high-risk project but it was applauded and flight safety regulations were imposed nearly 40 years after this epic flight. Risks should not be assessed towards the end, not in the beginning. The inventor should not create something to meet someone’s standards because those standards are someone’s invention. If there is a need for improvement in efficiency and safety, that should come as the further steps.
Fail and keep going
A failure should not define the hopelessness of a project. As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The lightbulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
Failure should be embraced as an opportunity to learn. After the first failure, don’t replicate solutions; change systems. Don’t create something to resemble someone’s principles because with the size of the universe there should be billions of ways and alternatives to achieve the same goal. From your failure, aim to identify scalable solutions.
When trying to become innovative, disconnect yourself from any known principle, create a different universe for yourself and choose wisely who to associate with. It will be wiser to associate with people who look up to you or people with common interests but void of jealousy.
In the journey to development through innovation, a lot of rules do not apply and most things should be changed the ways they are supposed to be done. Adoption of certain standards is a form of mental colonization and repression. This ensures that despite the ability to make self-decisions, the person working under the auspice of certain standards is still subjected to limitations, social confinements and is going to blindly plunge into an unknown fabricated future.
Through innovation, mankind is guaranteed the ability to create a known future.